Since June, 1999, the motor vessel SunSmiles, a restored 1977 Cargile Cutter Cruiser has been my WriteBoat. She has served as a floating office, writing studio, getaway destination, cruiser, and on occasion, my “dog house.” Above all, she has been a “memory maker.” In early March, she will become another family’s memory maker. More about that later. For now, it just seems appropriate to reflect on her in pictures.
A day of cruising across Charleston Harbor, as seen from Captain Tony Ward’s 38′ Hatteras, Knot Less II.
Returning from the Cooper River Yacht Club cruise to Beaufort, SC.
At anchor on the ICW between Isle of Palms and Goat Island.
Kippa Lou and Carolyn, too. At five months old, Kippa spent eight days onboard SunSmiles as we cruised from Charleston to Wrightsville Beach, NC. On January 21, she will be ten years old, and to this day she has never an “accident” onboard. She’s an incredible boat – or “boatyard” pup.
SunSmiles cabin, as seen from the entrance. Galley to port. Dinette to starboard.
The dinette served as my desk, until the stand-up desk was installed.
The starboard sofa, with storage below. Mr. Cargile designed it to open into a bed.
The port sofa, originally designed to raise into bunks for two, was converted to a standup desk that could breakdown to a two-seater. When in the desk configuration with laptop and printer stowed, it becomes a great “buffet” when entertaining onboard.
“On the hill,” for routine maintenance.
Quietly awaiting her next cruise. The attention she received in every marina we have visited has never ceased to amaze me.